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Slavery and Welsh industry before and after emancipation
in Emancipation and the remaking of the British imperial world
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A ‘Four Nations’ approach to the role of slavery in the formation of the United Kingdom in the 18th and 19th centuries reveals striking differences in the extent of slave-ownership and distinct patterns in the significance of slavery as a whole. This chapter by Chris Evans first shows how distinctly under-represented Wales is among slave-owners at the end of slavery, and argues that North and South Wales must be seen as distinct analytical units in this narrow context. However, it is also argued that the importance of slavery to Wales cannot be captured by 19th century slave-ownership data alone, and that in commodities key to its limited industrialisation, notably copper and wool, Wales was indeed linked to the slave trade and the institution of slavery itself in the key period of the late 18th century, and that such linkages – to Cuban copper mining, for example – continued after Emancipation.

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